Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 4, 2016
Save the Date: April 25th at WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center
WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. This spring field day will highlight winter cover crops and strategies for incorporating reduced tillage. Come tour research plots and discuss the evolution of this production system. See the flyer here for more detail (click for pdf download):
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 13, 2016
Join us for a series of five FREE webinars where Washington State University researchers and their collaborators share their findings as they strive to quantify the climate, air, water, nutrient and economic impacts of integrating emerging, next-generation technologies within anaerobic digestion systems on U.S. dairies.
Webinars are scheduled every other Wednesday starting February 10, 2016
1pm Eastern/10 am Pacific Time
Anaerobic digesters are used worldwide to produce energy and to treat organic materials such as municipal waste, food processing residues, and manures. Government, industry, environmental and agricultural stakeholders are interested in anaerobic digestion (AD) systems because of their multitude of benefits: they can reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, protect water quality, recover nutrients, and improve farm economics while generating a steady, predictable supply of renewable energy.
While AD technology has been used for decades on farms and in water recovery facilities in the United States, the adoption of AD technology in the U.S. is limited when compared to European countries. Existing evidence suggests that using biogas systems to address agriculture sector concerns about nutrient loss could improve projects’ returns on investment and AD adoption rates, while generating additional environmental benefits.
Washington State University (WSU) has an extensive research program focused on developing and evaluating technologies that enhance the economic viability of AD systems. Using a bio-refinery systems approach, researchers are working to maximize synergies between technologies, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture and from the Water Environment Research Foundation.
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Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 16, 2015
Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR), USDA Northwest Regional Climate Hubs, and the Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH) team invite you to participate in this upcoming workshop…
Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Implications for Educators, Industry, and Producers
March 9-11, 2016
Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center
You’re invited to participate in this free workshop. Your expertise is needed to identify and plan climate mitigation and adaptation strategies for agriculture in the Pacific Northwest. There will be dedicated mitigation and adaptation sessions, with an overlapping poster networking event. Each session will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. Registration opening soon. Limited spots available.
For more information contact Brooke Saari at email@example.com or 509-663-8181 ext. 265.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | November 17, 2015
Proposals are now being accepted to the Kaiser Conservation Endowment to fund small projects for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion, as described HERE. Application deadline is January 8, 2016.
Proposals are sought that fund the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other education-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire – the area east of the Washington Cascades and north of the Salmon River in Idaho.
Successful 2015 applicants should attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.
Proposals are not to exceed $5,000. Up to five grants will be awarded for this current funding cycle. Instructions for proposal format can be found on the Kaiser Conservation Endowment page.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 17, 2015
The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) Biologically-Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming (BIOAg) program is soliciting grant proposals. Please view the whole RFP HERE. Proposals are being accepted for project grants, outreach/extension curriculum grants, and planning grants. Applications will be accepted by electronic submission.
The goal of this proposal solicitation is to engage a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of WSU faculty in projects that further the development, understanding, and use of biologically intensive and/or organic principles, practices, and technologies to improve the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in Washington State. In addition, BIOAg funding is used to meet three objectives: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment critical gaps in existing areas of knowledge, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.
Please view RFP for deadlines, additional information, instructions and application forms.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 10, 2015
Two new reports on organic agriculture in Washington State are now available at the WSU Organic Statistics webpage. Current Status of Certified Organic Agriculture in Washington State:2014 provides the most recent data on crop acreage, dairy cow numbers, and gross sales, in addition to data on global and national trends. Recent Trends in Certified Organic Tree Fruit:2014 goes into more specific detail on organic apples, pears and other tree fruit crops, and includes the most recent trend data internationally. Also, information on the economics of organic apple production is presented, along with projections of organic tree fruit area growth in the next few years. Both reports are in powerpoint format, but annotated with supporting text to help explain the graphs and tables. These reports are the continuation of more than 10 years of annual summaries developed by Elizabeth Kirby and David Granatstein at WSU.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | August 18, 2015
As many of you may now know, CSANR director Chad Kruger is now the new director for the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Research and Extension Center (NWREC) as of yesterday, August 17th. Chad will continue to direct CSANR but he will now be located in Mount Vernon.
For more information about this change please see the press release by Sylvia Kantor. Congratulations, Chad!
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Posted by Tara Zimmerman | July 16, 2015
The BIOAg Program is now accepting proposals for Planning Grants. The BIOAg FY15 Request for Proposals was posted in late 2014 and includes a description of the BIOAg program and priorities, but Planning Grant proposals were not accepted at that time. Planning Grant proposals are now being requested. Please refer to the RFP for overall BIOAg program and priorities information, but use the Planning Grant Application Form to apply for funds.
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis with no deadline until designated funds are expended.
Questions? Please contact Tara Zimmerman at 206-770-6073.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | June 23, 2015
Many institutions, including federal agencies and universities, have recognized the critical need to better understand system responses within and across the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus domain. As FEW issues become a top research priority, CEREO, the State of Washington Water Research Center (SWWRC) and the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR) are pleased to announce a FEW seed and planning grant program to identify and energize high-priority FEW research initiatives at WSU.
The FEW seed and planning grant program seeks interdisciplinary proposals that foster collaborative research on complex environmental issues through a diversity of disciplines and partnerships between WSU academic units, campuses and institutions outside WSU.
These grants are supported by funds from CEREO, CSANR, Office of Research, the College of Arts and Sciences, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture and the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.
Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 21, 2015
The 2015 Farm Walks are underway! Join WSU’s Small Farm Program and Tilth Producers of Washington for a farm walk in the coming weeks. Please visit the Registration Page for more information and to get signed up to attend. Upcoming events are listed below:
June 1 – Cover Cropping on a Diversified Vegetable Farm (plus hands-on soil blocking!) – Let Us Farm, Grays Harbor County
June 8 – Building Soil Tilth: Grazing Sheep on Cover Crop – Zakarison Partnership, Whitman County
June 15 – Sustainable Farmstead Goat Dairy – Mystery Bay Farm, Jefferson County
June 29 – Organic Pest & Disease Management in Apples and Pears – Leach Orchards, Yakima County
July 13 – Farm-to-Resort: Agritourism with a Certified Organic Garden – Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Chelan County
July 27 – Behind the Brew: Organic Hops Production – Perrault Farm, Yakima County
August 10 – Freshly Pressed: Washington’s First Certified Organic Cranberry Farm – Starvation Alley Farm, Pacific County
TUESDAY August 25 – Nisqually Tribal Community Garden Program: Building Food Community – Nisqually Tribe Community Gardens, Thurston County
September 14 – Accessing Land as Beginning Vegetable Farmers – Quackenbush Farm, Clark County
September 28 – Organic Apple Orchard and Cidery: Two Businesses in One – Sinclair Orchards & Ciderhouse, Okanogan County
Contact Tara Zimmerman